At Last! Automatic Union Funding Faces Axe

The reforming zeal of Francis Maude may be elsewhere post-election, but there are early signs of encouragement from his successor. Matt Hancock today announces the abolition of trade union ‘check-off’, the archaic system where union subscriptions are automatically taken from civil servants’ pay packets in a process funded by the taxpayer. Instead, public sector workers can choose to opt in to pay it and the subsequent political levy. Expect the unions to kick off, the militant PCS took Eric Pickles to court at great expense to the taxpayer when he tried to abolish check-off at DCLG. This entirely reasonable move affects 3.8 million public sector workers – at last trade union funding enters the 21st century…

CWU Backs Corbyn, Rejects Winning

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“I am delighted to announce that the CWU will be backing Jeremy Corbyn MP to be the next leader of the Labour Party.

There are no quick fixes for the Labour party, but there are some easy decisions and choosing Jeremy as its leader should be one of them.

We think that it is time for a change for Labour. The grip of the Blairites and individuals like Peter Mandelson must now be loosened once and for all. There is a virus within the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn is the antidote.

We reject the notion that Labour needs to move to the centre ground of British politics. The Centre ground has moved significantly to the right in recent years. We do not see arguing for fairer wealth distribution, decent jobs with good pay, terms and conditions and a substantial increase in affordable housing for the next generation as a left wing agenda.

Jeremy agrees with the vast amount of CWU policy, ranging from opposing the selling off of Royal Mail, to offering a real alternative to austerity, and repealing anti-trade union laws.”

Punchy….

GMB Union Sue Uber

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Union heavies GMB are taking legal action against the increasingly popular private driver app Uber, because it doesn’t cap how much money their drivers can earn. They want Uber to force their drivers to take breaks, introduce a maximum number of hours they can work and make them take holidays.

Drivers who use Uber are self-employed, earning as much or a little as they please. There will be around 42,000 Uber drivers in London by next year, as drivers take the no-brainer decision to use an app that reliably provides them work at the touch of a button. Onwards comrades…

Londoners Look to Driverless Tubes

The tube strike is over and, courtesy of Google Trends, Techno can provide some insight into what Londoners thought of the £50,000-a-year drivers who made them late for work. Searches for “driverless trains” rocketed over the last 24 hours…

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As Techno has revealed before, the only thing stopping the introduction of driverless tubes is the lack of political will to get tough on the trade unionists currently driving them. Robots don’t strike…

Uber Chiefs Detained in Socialist France

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In scenes more reminiscent of Caracas than mainland Europe, AFP reports that the CEO of Uber France and the General Manager of Uber (Europe) have been arrested:

“The spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor says two Uber managers have been taken into custody for questioning over “illicit activity” linked to the ride-hailing company’s low cost service.”

Like in an Ayn Rand dystopia, arrested for providing customers with a better, cheaper service at the behest of unions.

Cash For Influence: How a Labour Donor Killed a Bill

Guido has written previously on how Labour have let trade union donors buy influence in the House. Well, they have been caught red handed once again.

On May 29, Labour peer Baroness Turner sponsored a Private Members’ Bill seeking to reform Easter trading laws – introducing it at its first reading in the House of Lords.

The bill would have removed the prohibition on Easter trading for large shops.

Two weeks later, on the afternoon of June 16, the general secretary of the USDAW union emailed Labour peers asking them to oppose the Labour bill:

From: John Hannett

Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Subject: Please oppose the Easter Day Trading Bill – Second Reading on Friday 19th June

Dear XXXX,

As the main retail union for the UK’s 3 million shopworkers, Usdaw urges peers to oppose the Private Member’s Bill on Easter Day Trading at second reading on Friday. The UK already has the longest trading hours in Europe, with over 150 shopping hours a week, and only 2 days per year of large stores being closed – Christmas Day and Easter Day…

As the attached briefing sets out, two thirds of shopworkers are already under pressure to work on Sundays, and this pressure intensifies at busy trading times, with holidays not permitted…

For these reasons, I urge you not to support the Easter Trading Bill. 

Yours sincerely

John Hannett

General Secretary, Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive & Allied Workers)

Just three days after that email was sent to Labour peers, Baroness Turner withdrew her bill:

In the last five years, USDAW has donated over £6 million to the Labour Party. It has regularly lobbied in defence of exisiting Sunday trading laws.

A major Labour donor, which lobbies heavily on a single issue, successfuly gets a Labour bill withdrawn after lobbying Labour peers. It stinks…

Unite Labour Councillor in Sick Auschwitz Austerity Slur

Having served 25 years as a national secretary for Unite, career comrade Bernadette Fisher finally got the call up to be a Labour councillor in Whitstable in May.

Six weeks into the job and she is already retweeting tasteless photoshops of Auschwitz:

When she isn’t agitating, Bernadette spends her spare time working as a yoga teacher. Not very “om”…

Cabbies Kidnap Uber Driver “To Make An Example Of Him”

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Video has emerged online of cabbies kidnapping an Uber driver “to make an example of him” as vested interests turn on disruptive challengers around the world.

During a protest against Uber in Marseilles, unionised cabbies used the app to summon a cheaper driver.

When he turned up they let the air out of tyres, commandeered his vehicle and forced it to join their protest.

When is the world going to wake up and realise that Uber is a solution and not a problem?

Bumbling Burnham Crashes and Burns on Benefits and Petrol

Lots of gold from the GMB Labour leadership hustings today.

Firstly, Andy Burnham was booed as he floundered around refusing to back the benefit cap.

The crowd wanted a no, but he knew the country would give a resounding yes.

And the banter did not stop there.[…]

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GMB Come Out For Fracking

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The GMB  union have finally seen sense and come out in favour fracking.

Britain’s fourth largest union has today announced the agreement of a joint charter with industry representative UK Onshore Oil and Gas, that commits them to recognising the importance of shale for Britain’s future energy supplies.[…]

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Tom Watson’s Militant Money

Militant loon Derek Hatton is trying to rejoin the Labour Party after being expelled in 1986, And he’s already throwing his weight around:

“I’m not getting into who should or shouldn’t be the next leader of the Labour Party. It’s early days and I’m not getting into that.

[…]

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Black Cab Protest Blocks Ambulance and Fire Brigade

Westminster is in gridlock as unionised cabbies deliberately obstruct the roads in protest at private hire cabs. Will someone think of the poor MPs…

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Labour Rivals and Trade Unionists Briefed Chuka “Whispers”

Readers will remember the rumours being pushed by Chuka’s left-wing rivals in the days before he stood aside from the Labour leadership race. The union funded propaganda blog Political Scrapbook even added the words “nudge nudge wink wink” to a story amplifying “dog whistle” attacks.[…]

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Boris Tells Unionised Cabbies: “It’s Called the Free Market”

Ever the equal opportunity offender, Boris has evened up his dig at Uber by antagonising black cab drivers. He told a hostile audience of cabbies in the London Assembly public gallery:

“You are dealing with a huge economic force which is consumer choice and the taxi trade needs to recognise that. 

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Theresa May Slams “Scaremongering” Police Federation

Theresa May stood up in front of the Police Federation this afternoon and tore them a new one:

“This weekend the federation warned that spending reductions mean that we will be forced to adopt a paramilitary style of policing in Britain.

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Unions Dug Their Own Carbon Neutral Graves

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It has been confirmed today that Ferrybridge C coal power station will be closing next year, leading to a loss of 172 jobs and leaving a 2GW hole in the national grid. Those losing their jobs must be finding it hard to stomach the crocodile tears of their union overlords at the GMB, with the union’s national officer claiming that it’s “devastating news“.[…]

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